These are the best Vegan Brownies from scratch, complete with a rich, fudgy center. These tasty vegan chocolate brownies are gooey in all the right places! Using applesauce and coconut oil in this best vegan brownie recipes is necessary to make your cacao brownies chewy on the inside. There’s even an option to make them gluten free!
Make these ultimate brownies— made with cocoa powder, dairy-free chocolate chips and more — today and see how delicious vegan can be!
I’m on a mission to show that good vegan eats can include delicious and tasty foods like these easy Vegan Brownies. I say they’re the “best” because, well, in my book that’s what they are, the ultimate best brownies!
When I decided to make my mom’s brownies vegan, I was worried they wouldn’t turn out great. However, the results were SO GOOD!
And, these cocoa brownies are made with Dark Chocolate throughout. That’s amazing, because a recent study shows that including dark chocolate can be beneficial for your heart. That’s good news for these simple, moist vegan brownies…and for those of us who get to eat them.
How to Make Homemade Vegan Brownies
If you’re used to using lots of eggs and dairy butter, the ingredients in these from scratch veggie brownies will seem different. However, the outcome is fabulous so stay with me.
Let’s start at the beginning: first melt the choc chips with vegan butter and coconut oil in a microwave. Stir it all together.
Add the applesauce, sugar, flaxseed, cornstarch, plant-based milk, vanilla, and water. Stir these all together and then set aside. Use whatever plant-based milk you like (such as soy milk), but I use almond milk.
Next, combine the dry ingredients, including flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
Finally, combine the dry ingredients in another bowl and then add that along with the chocolate chips in the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined.
Once those chocolate chips are stirred into the batter, simply pour it into a prepared pan and bake.
This recipe makes a generous serving of simple vegan brownies. You can reduce it by half and bake it in a square baking pan if you prefer a smaller batch.
I have experimented with adding frosting to this homemade brownies recipe, but they’re plenty sweet on their own.
Does this recipe taste like coconut oil?
Making fudgy vegan brownies coconut oil infused may make you curious if they end up tasting like coconut! If that’s an issue for you or your people, use refined coconut oil which removes some of the strong coconut flavor. Virgin coconut oil has more coconut flavor, but my vegan chocolate brownie recipes should result in only a mild coconut flavor at the very most.
Do you need to add baking soda to vegan brownies?
To make classic brownies, no leavening (such as baking soda) is necessary. That’s because the classic, dense and fudgy brownies don’t need leavening.
Healthy Vegan Brownies with Applesauce
I use applesauce in this chewy vegan brownies recipe to serve as both an egg replacer and to add more moisture to the brownies. I always use unsweetened applesauce in my baked goods to help add moisture, tenderness, and just a hint of flavor.
Yes, it’s possible to make brownies without eggs! Who knew it could be so delicious too!
How do you substitute eggs in brownies?
It’s easy to makes vegetarian brownies with no egg. Here are some of my favorite egg-free brownies options:
- Make a flax egg: combine 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed with three Tbsps water
- One-quarter cup applesauce equals one egg
- One-quarter cup mashed sweet potatoes works wonders as an egg replacement in brownies.
A batch of regular brownies to fit a 9 X 13 inch dish requires 2 – 3 eggs. I don’t like to add that much flaxseed to a single dessert. So, for my brownie recipe without eggs, I call for a combination of both applesauce and ground flaxseed.
How do I cut brownies without tearing them?
Let these brownies cool before cutting because they can be a little crumbly while still hot. They will firm up as they cool.
Keep a cup of hot water and a paper towel next to the brownies when you’re cutting them. Using a butter knife, dip the knife in the hot water and then cut the brownies. Or refrigerate or freeze brownies (not until frozen, but just long enough that they firm up) and then slice.
How long do Vegan Brownies last?
Vegan brownies can last up to a week when stored in an airtight container. They’ll keep for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 7 days in the fridge.
To freeze, allow vegan brownies to cool completely and then slice. Place slices on a tray and place the tray in the freezer. Once the brownies have frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. They will last one month in the freezer when stored properly.
Can brownies be gluten free?
You can make these brownies gluten free by substituting gluten free baking mix in place of the flour.
How can you make these brownies more healthy?
To make brownies healthier, reduce the sugar. The recipe currently estimates 278 calories per brownie. You can reduce calories by substituting Swerve for the sugar to make it sugar-free. Monkfruit is another great zero calorie sweetener.
Can you buy vegan brownie mix?
It’s great to know that you can buy vegan brownie mixes when you’re in a hurry. Some vegans are very particular about the source of their sugar. In that case, they’ll want to buy a vegan brownie mix that is certified vegan. If you’re not particular about sugar (like me), then go to your local store and look at brownie mixes without milk or eggs. Here are some examples:
- This certified vegan Enjoy Life Brownies are tasty!
- These vegan friendly Namaste Brownie Mixes are gluten free as well
- You can find Dark Chocolate Duncan Hines Brownie Mix at grocery stores too and it’s a great dairy free brownie option!
Love Vegan Chocolate Desserts?
I think vegan cocoa powder recipes are the best! Are you with me? Well, be sure and check out my Vegan Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe. It’s a go-to favorite because it’s so easy to whip up any night of the week! You’ll also get a kick out of my Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Speaking of easy, you’ll love these Easy Vegan Chocolate Croissants for a random weekend breakfast! You may also want to try my Black Bean Brownie recipe no eggs if you’re looking for a healthier brownie recipe. Of course, these Easy Healthy Brownies really hit the mark too.
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
- 1 1/4 cups dairy-free chocolate chips , divided
- 1/2 cup vegan butter , cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup plant-based milk
- 4 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.
- In a large, microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup chocolate chips, vegan butter, and coconut oil. Cook for 1 minute. Set aside until the chips have melted. Stir to combine.
- Add the applesauce, sugar, milk, water, cornstarch, ground flaxseed, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Pour the flour mixture into the bowl with the chocolate ingredients along with remaining chocolate chips. Stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake 40 – 45 minutes. For more gooey brownies, remove from the oven at 40 minutes. Otherwise cook for 45 minutes.
- Let the brownies cool completely before slicing.